A Visit To Cades Cove

rachelle siegrist in cades cove

Wes and I decided to head into nearby Cades Cove one day this past week, to take advantage of the beautiful sunny weather. We walked along the dirt roads partway and out in some of the fields. Pastures are a favorite place of mine to walk, so needless to say, whilst walking through the vacant horse pastures I was in heaven. Especially with the abundant sunshine drenching me and my surroundings with it’s light and warmth! The mild beautiful day even inspired this happy crow, shown below, to take an exuberant bath in a large puddle of water.

crow in cades cove

With soft earth beneath our feet and a gentle breeze blowing, we plodded along, winding our way by through dried grasses filled with a variety of warblers and sparrows, who didn’t seem to mind our being there. We saw a few deer off in the distance peacefully grazing, whilst also enjoying the lovely day! Since we were off on our own, it was so nice and quiet and it felt much of the time as if the cove was ours. If you’ve followed my blog for very long, you know that I am a tree hugger and have hugged trees all over the country. Well we found this large Honey Locust tree at the edge of a woodland section, and upon seeing it, I decided this certainly a tree who does not want to be hugged!

jerusalem thorn tree

The lighting was spectacular that afternoon, so I stopped often to admire the dried wildflowers and grasses being backlit by the winter sun. I found these sticks most impressive showcasing the thousands of hair-like bits lining their numerous stems.

cades cove

Here’s a short video for you to enjoy, with only the sounds of the wind being heard in the cove where we were.

Another afternoon, we took the kayaks and headed over to the lake for a couple of hours to take advantage of the blessing of milder temperatures. We were delighted to be by ourselves the entire time, and I basked in the amazing quiet and peace! In fact the quiet was so void of sound many times, that I could actually hear the blood whooshing through my ears, and it seemed almost irreverent to make any sound ourselves! Even a Kingfisher flew right alongside us at one point without even making a sound, as if she too reverenced the immense silence! 

kayaking with rachelle siegrist

The lighting was spectacular, showcasing the light-colored tree trunks paired against the dark background. At one point it appeared as if I was paddling across vast mountains comprised of leaves, immersed beneath the slick surface of the clear water. It was another glorious afternoon, and we felt very blessed indeed to have been able to enjoy it outdoors! 


We started building what’s called a rocket stove in our green house on Thanksgiving day, and Wes finished it this past week, just in time to try it out during several nights of frigid weather. It works great, and once he’s built a couple of fires in it, it heats up the surrounding cement blocks, ceramic tile and cement overlayment, giving off a nice radiant heat inside the greenhouse for quite some time afterwards. It also makes it really delightful to sit in and enjoy an afternoon snack on a cold winter day!

green house with rocket stove inside

~ What’s Happening In The Studio ~

I’m making more progress on my miniature painting on silk of of a Wood Thrush which will be part of my poetry book I’m working on. I’ve also started another miniature portrait painting and will be sharing that with you soon.

wood thrush painting on silk by Rachelle Siegrist

~ See our miniatures in person this week ~

MIGRATION Exhibition & Sale
November 13, 2020 – January 10, 2021 at the Thomasville Cultural Center, in Thomasville, GA. 

87th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature
November 22, 2020 – January 9, 2021: Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD
View the exhibition online


Do you want to enjoy your own special miniature painting?

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Until next time ~ Rachelle

10 thoughts on “A Visit To Cades Cove

  1. Susan

    Not a distillery??

    Aren’t you lucky to have a greenhouse?!! Way to get the veggie ( or critter) garden going early !

    I am sad to say we said goodbye to our wonderful LilyRose in July. She was such a friend to us; so glad to have here here with us, in Miniature. Miss you guys.

    1. Hi Susan,
      LOL 😂 That’s what we joke about it! I do love being able to warm up in the green house and see the veggie plants and flowers growing in it!
      I am so very sorry to hear about you losing your precious LilyRose. I am truly honored to know that my miniature painting of her keeps her close!!
      Sending our love and hugs 🤗

  2. Hi Rachelle
    Your writing reads like a poem – so evocative and interesting. Hope you both are well during this trying time . Claire and I send you our very best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas x

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